Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane

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"Deep world-building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics-- Descendant of the Crane soars from page one. Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end."--Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own . Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she's thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer--a treasonous act, punishable by death... because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira--a brilliant investigator who's also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high? In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman and Company, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780807515518
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 401 pages : map ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLChristineO Sep 29, 2019

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy inspired by ancient Chinese court culture. This first book in the series centres around the Empress Hesina's quest to bring her father's murderer to justice. This book was started by He when she was younger than her main character. She began writing fan-fiction in high school. As teen advocate, this knowledge made the book even more special.

Aug 14, 2019

Overall plot and world-building is interesting, but it felt so disjointed and not fleshed out enough. The main character, Hesina, is always so mad that she gets annoying. I felt that this got published a bit too early and should have had more editing. It's definitely set up for a sequel, which I wouldn't mind reading, but only if the writing style improves.

I did enjoy reading it and felt that it was exciting, so if you can look past the sometimes confusing parts where Hesina seems to just be running around all alone in underground tunnels, you might like it.

DCLteens Apr 25, 2019

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. This beautiful Chinese-inspired fantasy debut is full of plot twists and is getting much love from librarians, booksellers and bloggers.


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